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E&C Announces Hearing on Mental Health Legislation

Mar 29, 2022
Press Release

Energy and Commerce Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) and Health Subcommittee Chairwoman Anna G. Eshoo (D-CA) announced today that the Health Subcommittee will hold a legislative hearing on Tuesday, April 5, at 10:15 a.m. (EDT) in the John D. Dingell Room, 2123 of the Rayburn House Office Building on 19 mental health bills. The hearing is entitled, “Communities in Need: Legislation to Support Mental Health and Well-Being.”

“As Americans grapple with a mental health crisis that has been exacerbated by COVID-19, it has never been more important for Congress to act. We must increase our support for mental health services and substance use prevention, including addressing care, treatment, recovery services, and coverage needs,” Pallone and Eshoo said. “Next week, we will hear from Administration officials and mental and behavioral health experts on legislation to improve the mental health and well-being of Americans — particularly among our nation’s youth. Included is legislation to reauthorize key programs at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and the Health Services and Resources Administration.” 

This will be a hybrid hearing that includes both in person and remote member attendance via Cisco Webex video conferencing. Members of the public may view the hearing via live webcast accessible on the Energy and Commerce Committee’s website. Please note the webcast will not be available until the hearing begins.

The Committee strongly recommends that members of the media view the proceedings remotely. The Capitol and House Office Buildings currently have restricted access. Seating in the Committee room for credentialed media is very limited. Media must RSVP to their respective press gallery no later than 5 p.m. on Monday, April 4.  

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Information for this hearing, including the Committee Memorandum, legislation, witnesses, testimony, and a live webcast will be posted HERE as they become.